I overspent my “books and entertainment” budget (with an emphasis on books) within the first three months of the year, so I’m currently under a self-imposed book buying ban to make up for the [rather large] deficit. Still, I’m a book magnet. If I can’t buy books, they’ll find their way to me. This past month a boatload of review copies, readable birthday gifts, and one pre-order found their way to my doorstep. Here are just a few of my most recently acquired books, books I finished, and what I’m planning to read next.
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Inbox (Books Acquired)
The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
Did you read Room and wonder how Jack turned out once he grew up? Well, Helena, the protagonist of The Marsh King’s Daughter, is Jack if he had grown up in the wilderness hunting bears and been raised with less maternal care and a lot more involvement from his rapist father. It’s been fifteen years since Helena left the swamp where she grew up. She’s married with kids (though her husband doesn’t know the secret of her origins), her mother is dead, and her father is behind bars…until he escapes and disappears into the dense marshland of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena knows the police will never find him; her father knows the marshland like the back of his hand and is skilled at covering his tracks. The only other person who knows the marshland that well is Helena, so she sets off on a one-woman manhunt. I’ve been rooting around for a good thriller/suspense/mystery novel to read lately and this seems like just the ticket.Inbox/Outbox: June 2, 2017Click To Tweet
Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee with Carol Mithers
Leymah Gbowee is from Liberia, where, as a young woman, she endured domestic abuse and survived the horrors of civil war. In 2003, Gbowee helped organize and lead the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a protest that joined Muslim and Christian women in solidarity against Liberia’s brutal president and rebel warlords. In 2011 she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her actions. In Mighty Be Our Powers she tells her story and proves that women can accomplish anything when we stand united. I heard about this book on The Book Castle (a BookTube channel) and strongly hinted that I wanted a copy for my birthday. (It worked!)